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Prison Break Season 4 starts with Cop-Outs

Season 3 of the television show Prison Break ended very well and I was all set to see where it would go from there in Season 4. Unfortunately, the decision was made to destroy everything that had been built up to that point in Prison Break. Here is a list of the Prison Break Season 4 cope-outs so far: SPOILERS BELOW.

  • Sarah Tancredi (Sarah Wayne Callies) was never decapitated and is still alive.
  • The Panamanian prison, Sona, burns down and all the prisoners escape.
  • The reason James Whistler (Chris Vance) was broken out of Sona has been transported from Panama to California.
  • James is actually a good guy.
  • James is killed off.
  • Michael Scofield (Wentworth Miller)’s full upper body tattoo is completely removed in one over night removal session.
  • Theodore “T-Bag” Bagwell (Robert Knepper) has $50,000 of Lechero (Robert Wisdom)’s money, his woman (who is smokin’) and is in a non-extradition country (T-Bag has a life sentence, at the minimum, hanging over his head) and gives that ALL up to go to the United States on a vendetta against Scofield.

This plot point was beyond idiotic. You’re going to risk being recognized in the United States and life in prison for payback? Come on. I’d buy that if T-Bag was stupid but he isn’t. He is one of the smartest and self-reliant characters on Prison Break. The writers should have had T-Bag take over Lechero’s organization in Panama after he got out of Sona and rise to power. Then, with his new influence and wealth, have sent assassins into America to kill Scofield from the safety of Panama. Sarah Tancredi should have been left dead, making Scofield bitter and morose. After the assassins are dealt with, Scofield finds out that T-Bag has the Bird Book and returns to Panama to retrieve it. This would have been a FAR more intriguing plot development and evolvement of Prison Break. But no, instead the powers that be pulled the crap above. Bullsh*t.

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  • Hugo

    Dude, you should post some kind of spoiler warning since these haven’t aired yet. Also, I have to disagree with you, I love the way they quickly got into the plot of this new season, to me it was an actual necessity after the writer’s strike basically screwed up every show last season by making them cut out 7-8 episodes. Every show now has to reboot to keep fans interested after such a long hiatus and I don’t think 3-4 more episodes set in Soma and Panama would jibe with a fresh start, the show was going in this direction anyway, it just got their quicker to make up for the shortened season. Yes, the tattoo removal was absurd to be done in one session, but hey, its tv, what can u say. As for Sarah being alive, i like that it gives Michael a reason for wanting revenge since they hurt her but of course he couldve done that with her dead but I guess they wanted a female face everyone knows to offset all the male testosterone . Oh, and if you watch the second episode one of your points is reversed, but I did give James death points for actually making me jump.

  • Hugo

    Dude, you should post some kind of spoiler warning since these haven’t aired yet. Also, I have to disagree with you, I love the way they quickly got into the plot of this new season, to me it was an actual necessity after the writer’s strike basically screwed up every show last season by making them cut out 7-8 episodes. Every show now has to reboot to keep fans interested after such a long hiatus and I don’t think 3-4 more episodes set in Soma and Panama would jibe with a fresh start, the show was going in this direction anyway, it just got their quicker to make up for the shortened season. Yes, the tattoo removal was absurd to be done in one session, but hey, its tv, what can u say. As for Sarah being alive, i like that it gives Michael a reason for wanting revenge since they hurt her but of course he couldve done that with her dead but I guess they wanted a female face everyone knows to offset all the male testosterone . Oh, and if you watch the second episode one of your points is reversed, but I did give James death points for actually making me jump.

  • James’ death took me by surprise as well. I can’t believe they got away with such a violent gun shot on network TV. On F/X or Spike sure but Fox? Wow. I actually said out loud: “OOOHHHHH!” when it happened. Violent. Bang. Its too bad it didn’t make sense. A professional killer, killing someone on the street, would have used a silencer.

    I meant to put this in the post but it slipped my mind. They could have had TWO PARALLEL storylines on the show at the same time. T-Bag in Sona with the others and Scofield and the others trying to take down The Company. As Season Four went on, the storylines would converge in the way outlined above (with some tweaks though). Much more interesting and the continuity would have been better.

    Which point was reversed? I didn’t see all of the second episode.

    I’m all for reboots but not when absurdity is thrown into the mix. How could Gretchen know what Link would do with Sarah’s head during Season 3. He could have taken it to a doctor, he could have put it in cold storage, he could have taken a blood sample (DNA) from it and had it matched, etc. How could she know he wouldn’t call her bluff in these and many other ways. The only way Gretchen could know for sure is if she killed Sarah. Is it me or does it smell in here?

  • James’ death took me by surprise as well. I can’t believe they got away with such a violent gun shot on network TV. On F/X or Spike sure but Fox? Wow. I actually said out loud: “OOOHHHHH!” when it happened. Violent. Bang. Its too bad it didn’t make sense. A professional killer, killing someone on the street, would have used a silencer.

    I meant to put this in the post but it slipped my mind. They could have had TWO PARALLEL storylines on the show at the same time. T-Bag in Sona with the others and Scofield and the others trying to take down The Company. As Season Four went on, the storylines would converge in the way outlined above (with some tweaks though). Much more interesting and the continuity would have been better.

    Which point was reversed? I didn’t see all of the second episode.

    I’m all for reboots but not when absurdity is thrown into the mix. How could Gretchen know what Link would do with Sarah’s head during Season 3. He could have taken it to a doctor, he could have put it in cold storage, he could have taken a blood sample (DNA) from it and had it matched, etc. How could she know he wouldn’t call her bluff in these and many other ways. The only way Gretchen could know for sure is if she killed Sarah. Is it me or does it smell in here?

  • Hugo

    Well, Gretchen is still alive, being kept alive for information’s sake. As for Sarah’s head, all that stuff is logical if he weren’t on the run and in Panama, where i don’t know how many freelance DNA experts there are. Of course, its obvious she came back on the show after having second thoughts, they really did kill her off because she had demands they didnt originally want to meet.

  • Hugo

    Well, Gretchen is still alive, being kept alive for information’s sake. As for Sarah’s head, all that stuff is logical if he weren’t on the run and in Panama, where i don’t know how many freelance DNA experts there are. Of course, its obvious she came back on the show after having second thoughts, they really did kill her off because she had demands they didnt originally want to meet.

  • I thought Link had been pardoned by that point and could come and go as he pleased.

    Sarah was written out because of contract demands? Did you read that somewhere? What a dumbass if that’s true.

  • I thought Link had been pardoned by that point and could come and go as he pleased.

    Sarah was written out because of contract demands? Did you read that somewhere? What a dumbass if that’s true.

  • harosa

    Yeah , her leaving was due to her getting pregnant and some sort of contract dispute.

  • harosa

    Yeah , her leaving was due to her getting pregnant and some sort of contract dispute.

  • She wasn’t missed.

  • She wasn’t missed.

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